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Grape Wall Challenge 2012: Summergate, ASC, MQ top wine challenge in China

~ By Jim Boyce (Note: Sorry for the delay. This blog went offline several days for — to me — unknown reasons and now is back for — to me — unknown reasons. The mysteries of life.) These are wines with the highest scores in the Grape Wall Challenge 2012. The judges were Chinese consumers who […]

Bottle shots: Photo essay from Grape Wall Challenge consumer wine contest in China

By Jim Boyce We have the results for the Grape Wall Challenge and I plan to post them later today. In the meantime, some photos from this year’s event. I’ll have more photos — and, of course, the results — soon.

From cork to screw cap: Three wine closure anecdotes from China

~ By Jim Boyce While most wine in China — whether domestically produced or imported — is bottled under cork, and while I repeatedly hear this is what consumers want, we are seeing more screw caps. Three recent cases: 1. I saw the above two bottles of China favorite Cabernet Sauvignon in my local corner […]

Wine consumer power in China: Annual Grape Wall Challenge held in Beijing

By Jim Boyce They came, they sniffed, they sipped and they scored. The fourth annual Grape Wall Challenge — which features Chinese consumers judging wines that retail for less than rmb100 — was held yesterday in Beijing at restaurant F by Tribute. Here are a few notes about the event, with the official results to […]

Going twice: Sotheby’s to auction elBulli wine cellar in Hong Kong, New York

~ By Jim Boyce Sotheby’s has announced it will auction off the wine cellar of restaurant elBulli — with a pre-sale estimated value of rmb7 million to rmb10 million, not including buyer’s premium — in both Hong Kong and New York. If you told people five years ago that a) elBulli would close in 2011 […]

China view: Robert Parker sells Wine Advocate stake to Singapore investors

~ By Jim Boyce Robert Parker might live halfway around the globe but his influence is still felt here in China, where investors and importers regularly cite his scores. In the past few weeks alone, I have been told a half-dozen times — while hemming and hawing over a wine — that Parker gave it […]

Disease and indecision in Ningxia: Poor grape harvest tests wine industry

~ By Jim Boyce Ningxia has seen its fortunes rise dramatically in the past year: the region has performed well in tastings, gained observer status in the OIV, and seen an influx of wine makers, writers, consultants and investors. Not surprisingly, there are high hopes for Vintage 2012. Fulfilling such hopes, however, will be extremely […]

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